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Police Arrest Rape Suspect Charged With Prowling Occupy New Haven

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An "Evict me?" sign is set up on the ground at the 'Occupy London Stock Exchange' demonstration. (credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

An “Evict me?” sign is set up on the ground at the ‘Occupy London Stock Exchange’ demonstration. (credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven police have made one arrest in an investigation into a rape at the Occupy New Haven encampment.

Police say they were called to the camp on the city Green on Tuesday afternoon after getting calls about a protestor found in distress in her tent. The woman hadn’t been seen all day and wasn’t responding when people outside the tent called to her.

The woman was taken to Yale- New Haven Hospital. Police concluded that she had been raped either late Monday or early Tuesday.

Police say England Gamble of New Haven was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.

The Occupy New Haven protesters have been ordered out of the green by Wednesday but later won a two-week reprieve.

A federal judge in Bridgeport has granted an injunction that will allow protesters to stay until March 28 while they fight the city’s order to leave.

Lawyers for the Occupy group argued that the activists’ free speech rights were at stake and the court order was necessary to bar any eviction.

The activists had been facing a deadline of noon Wednesday to leave the Green.

City officials said Tuesday night that the group fails to recognize that the New Haven Green is a public space for all and the activists are essentially seeking to have the Green declared their own private property.

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